JoinDOTA's Elctronic Sports World Cup 2012 main event will kick off on the 1st of November and end on the 4th during the Paris Games Week at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, France . They've recently ended West/East qualifers, which was played similar to The International with qualifying wild card slots for the East and West. Most of the teams have already been decided for now with just 3 slots remaining. As Dota 2 is featured again in the prestige French gaming tournament, how will things unravel this year?
As we all know, M5 (Moscow Five) went through a complete roster change after The International 2012. There were many speculations of it happening a few months prior after seeing some negative scores and much unneeded controversy surrounding the team. They recently brought the team back together with an all new lineup and they've been impressing the Dota 2 scene. Read up on their all new all Russian roster!
Starladder's SLTV Star Series Season Three started on the 17th of September and will end on the 16th of October, with a total of 16 teams competing for the $15,000 USD prize pool, things are starting to look intense in the Group Stage as it is nearing an end and the Knockout Stage is soon to come.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the next few months with all the upcoming Dota 2 tournaments! The DreamHack Winter 2012 Corsair Vengeance Cup will be held on the 22nd to the 25th of November, 2012 at the Tournament Area in Hall C, Elmia, Jönköping, Sweden.
Jonathan "Loda" Berg, and former Team Zenith captain Benedict "hyhy" Lim Han Yong have both recently left Team Zenith for their own reasons. Loda decided it was time to move on and go back to the West while hyhy decided to retire for good, well, for now at least!
In the Lower Bracket Finals of The International 2012, we had an all Chinese finals between iG and LGD, the top two Chinese teams of The International 2012. This was a match up that many would have expected to be the Grand Finale of the entire event as LGD went 14-0 in the Group Stage and went up to 19-0 until they suffered their first loss to Na'Vi, whom they eventually lost to. Invictus Gaming also had a brilliant Group Stage as they went 13-1 and came close to beating Na'Vi in the Semi-Finals.
The last day of The International 2012 was one to remember, as we saw dreams come true along with the ones that got ruined. It marked the end of what was truly an epic event for the professional Dota 2 scene, at least until next year! In the Upper Bracket, we had a match up between the mighty LGD Gaming team that haven't lost a single game till that point, against the miraculous Na'Vi (Natus Vincere) team that overcame all odds and defeated a couple Chinese powerhouse teams in DK and iG (Invictus Gaming) to find themselves in the Upper Bracket Finals. In the Lower Bracket, we had the two previously mentioned teams in iG and DK, facing off to play against the loser of the Upper Bracket Finale, for a chance at the Grand Finals and the $1,000,000 prize!
After the first day of the Knockout Stage, we saw two out of the three Upper Bracket western teams in Complexity Gaming and EG (Evil Geniuses) being knocked out by the east. In the Lower Brackets there was mTw (Mortal Team Work), mouz (Mousesports), M5 (Moscow Five) and aL (Absolute Legends) that got sent home in the one game single elimination Lower Bracket. The only team representing the west in the Upper Bracket was Na'Vi (Natus Vincere) as the last hope of the western team, against a powerhouse iG (Invictus Gaming) team from the east for Day 2 of The International 2012. Read on to see how things wrapped up!
The knockout stage for The International 2012 had a lot of mixed feelings when it started. After having 5 out of 8 teams representing the East in the Upper Bracket, things were feeling uneasy for not only the home crowd but for teams, fans and supporters of the many Western teams that found themselves at the Lower Bracket in a do or die position. Has the gap between the East and West been increased that much? Were the Chinese teams better prepared or just flat out better? Read on to see how things started off in what was an intense International 2012 knockout stage!
Although the third and last game day would be the shortest day for the teams to finish off the Preliminaries, as there will only be two series played instead of six or one match up of two games for each team, it was be the most crucial of the group stage series as several teams from Group A and B were tied in points to decide which four would go to the top 4 in the Winner's Bracket to start the playoffs and which ones would end up in the single-elimination Loser's Bracket for a tougher road ahead. Read on to see how things wrapped up in the last day!